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Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015
Can't we do any better than Deflategate 2015?
Posted Monday, January 26, at 11:32 AM
I am tired of the use of the suffix"gate" to indicate a scandal or problem. I implore the media to find another term that is less hackneyed, trite and clichéd. Some of us are old enough to remember that during the reign of King Richard Nixon in 1972 either King Richard or his campaign manager sanctioned an illegal act...

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Tis the Season and it's finally over, thankfully
Posted Wednesday, January 14, at 9:24 AM

It is the day after Christmas and I am experiencing a bit of what women do in postpartum blues. There is that feeling of fatigue and let down. I resist the siren call of Christmas to enter the rush until after Thanksgiving but then it is a sprint to the finish followed by some let down and I don't do half as much as BW...

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Merry Christmas to everyone out there
Posted Tuesday, December 23, at 10:40 PM

Santa is very strong again this year. The retail industry loves him. He is still using his team of reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixon, Comet, Cupid, Richard and Nixon and of course the inimitable Rudolph. Bing Crosby passed on that song and Gene Autry said, "Come here my little bright red nosed buddy, let's go to number one and they did." Dr. ...

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A Fist Fight With Cancer calls for a lot more
Posted Monday, December 15, at 3:42 PM

If asked every hospital administrator and employee would argue that the hospital environment they work in is quiet and patient friendly. But are they? The word hospital is surely derived from the route word from whence comes the word hospitality. A place where people seek respite from illness and disease and who have the right to be in an environment that promotes healing and rest. ...

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I can still hear my father talking to me
Posted Monday, November 17, at 2:19 PM

My dad used to say, "If you don't quit that I'll knock a knot on your head."This was usually said in jest or I thought in jest but I was careful to behave in such a way that this would not happen. Sometimes when he was miffed he would threaten to stomp a mud hole in my "dairy air" and then make me walk it out. ...

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We Never Get To Sit On The Main Floor
Posted Thursday, November 6, at 3:01 PM

The Indianapolis Orchestra presents a month-long series of concerts in December they call Yule Tide. They don't dare use the word Christmas as it might offend some people. It is held in their home named Hilbert Theater on the circle in Downtown Indy...

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Things I Have Lost Somewhere Somehow Along The Way
Posted Friday, October 31, at 12:33 PM

Today I am sitting in the Adirondack chair on my front porch drinking a glass of lemonade listening to Gladys Knight sing, "The Way We Were."That girl has pipes.This hasgiven me time toponder about life and the things I have lost somehow somewhere along the way.Memory is an entity composed of a hundred thousand mosaic tiles, a hundred thousand incidents and events yet they are gathered together in a single mass a single, unquestioned thing.It composes the stained glass window of my life.Memories rise and fall like the chest of the sleeping giant who is resting after chasing Jack down the beanstalk.. ...

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The Only Good Aspect of Flying: The Speed
Posted Tuesday, October 14, at 1:20 PM

Stewardesses Oops. It is politically incorrect to use that term today. One must use the term flight attendant because men are now allowed in the profession. Joan Rivers observed long ago that flight attendants are only waitresses servers who fly. They are different on each airline...

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Kevin Remembered
Posted Tuesday, September 9, at 3:09 PM

It was a brilliant Saturday afternoon in late spring. Kevin and a group of friends had just graduated from IU. Kevin received his MBA. He and his friends stood around talking and congratulating each other. Kev, let's go knock back a few and celebrate," they said...

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Events That Cause Great Satisfaction
Posted Friday, August 29, at 7:19 PM

There are events and activities in life that produce much joy and satisfaction. Sometimes the thing is small and insignificant but if the results were mountains they would be Alps. Here are some illustrations: Few things feel better than pulling a second quilt up under your chin on a cold winter night...

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Just A Piece of Metal -- Wrong!
Posted Monday, August 11, at 2:34 PM

As I keyboard this column I can see a ring on the third finger of my left hand. I have been wearing it for over eleven lustrums. It is a plain gold colored band that has been enlarged once to compensate for my fat fingers. It is a symbol. That ring is just a piece of metal, probably 99.9 percent brass or bronze, with a goldcoating on it. ...

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I Jist Ain't Never Heerd Of Sich A Thing
Posted Friday, July 18, at 9:17 AM

The current Time magazine has a cover picture of a radical looking house and the topic of the issue is "The Smarter Home" describing the house of the future with the technology to make it function efficiently. My mind boarded the Hooterville Train to nostalgia and visited Stella, who was 83 in the late 60s. Newfangled caused her to blurt, "I jist ain't never heerd of sich a thing."...

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Laughing Is Good For You
Posted Tuesday, July 8, at 10:56 PM

Here are some jokes and anecdotes that I guarantee will cause you to split your sides laughing, wet your pants, or bust a gut. Guaranteed. If they don't, send them back to me and I will laugh for you. Little Noah came into the house with a new harmonica. "Grampa, do you mind if I play this in here?"...

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Rambler Alumni 2014
Posted Tuesday, June 24, at 11:22 PM

We violated a life tenet of long standing Saturday. It states, "Do not attend school reunions because there will be some old people there who claim to be your classmates." It is true. But we did and it was a pleasant evening. I was surprised at how some people had grown so old they did not even recognize me...

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What's For Lunch
Posted Wednesday, June 4, at 8:53 AM

Restaurateurs are always looking for the next menu item that will sell like hot cakes. That is why burger places now sell chicken, fish and tacos. Since cavemen humans have attempted to eat the entire animal even to cracking the bones and sucking out the marrow then using the bones for tools...

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Indiana has some great names for bands, cars and even barbecue restaurants
Posted Tuesday, May 20, at 2:23 PM

I have noted a brobdingnagian (really huge) slight and discrimination in America when it involves selecting names for groups of entertainers and the naming of vehicles. The state of Indiana has not been mined for its many colorful and descriptive names. And that is sad. I feel discriminated against and ignored...

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Night Classes and Weekend Seminars for Women
Posted Monday, May 12, at 7:46 PM

The Cow Chip Tossing, Burp your name seminar and Mushroom Hunting Academy of Tulip, Indiana, is enrolling female students in classes for summer and fall: "Who died and put you in charge of driving?" A debate will be held on teaching real women to keep their mouths shut when riding as a passenger of a car in the front or back seat...

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Someone stole BW's wallet!
Posted Friday, May 2, at 9:05 PM

"Hello." A familiar voice came racing through the phone exclaiming, "I need you to look for my billfold." "You did look in your purse ten times? Have you looked in all of your pockets and in your car?" "Yes." I looked in all of the obvious house places. ...

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Bring The Crosscut Saw, I Have Found a Biggun'
Posted Friday, April 25, at 9:10 PM

I am reprising a column I wrote a few years ago on the coming of spring. It seems that by the end of February my coat weighs at least 75 pounds and time passes slower than a kidney stone. The earth is brown and lifeless. I know spring is finally on the way when I have one of those annual experiences that sink deeply into our primordial beings. ...

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The best spring cleaning ever
Posted Monday, April 21, at 9:42 PM

The weather today is cold, rainy and raw. That is spring; vicissitudinous. The winds of too many springs have blownthrough my long underwear. Yesterday it was warm and glorious. Gentle zephyrs blew and it was gloriously balmy; enchanting. I threw caution to the wind and propelled myself with reckless abandon because "Out on the lawn there arose such a clatter I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter. ...

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